Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale | Stone Brewing

Old Guardian Barley Wine Style AleOld Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale
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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style AleOld Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by smerrell on 02-18-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,335
Reviews:
284
Ratings:
2,002
Liked:
1,709
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
11.47%
Alströms:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
539
Trade:
28
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of katan
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2009 vintage.

A - Copper color body, lots of mocha colored head formation. Well retained, little bit of lacing. Fairly opaque.

S - Super strong malty body - caramel, some toffee. Hopping is restrained, but i can't complain based on the aging of this beer. As it warms I get a little bit of resinous hops.

T - Starts off lightly malty, sweet some some background of the lightly toasted malts. Mid-stream does bring in some hopping, citrus first and then pine. Bitterness grows strongly in the finish, tongue grabbing. Finishes clean with toasted flavors.

M - Full bodied, light carbonation. Some alcohol warmth. Very big and sticky overall.

O/D - A good barleywine that I should try fresh. It obviously is a HUGE beer even after several years of aging. A bit filling, very slow sipper.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Pours a cloudy reddish and orange color. Very little head but what does come out is kind of a creamy white. Leaves some nice lacing.

Smell:
A strong mix of hops and malts. the malt smells sweet bordering on caramel while the hops seem to be citrus bordering on orange. Other smells include dark fruit.

Taste:
Tastes like it smells but that the hops are stronger.

Mouthfeel:
Lite carbonation and fairly heavy bodied.

Overall:
A fairly nice barley wine and this beer really brought me into the style so I might try some other ones.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged 2012 bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Look: Dark reddish-amber with short bone-colored head that leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, with lots of toffee and hints of vanilla and dark fruits.

Flavor: Caramel malt sweetness up front is quickly complemented by subtle bitterness and not so subtle alcohol esters.

M: Light carbonation. Rather full body. Smooth. Inevitable impact of high ABV does have a slight negative impact on the mouthfeel.

O: a well crafted, mainstream barleywine.

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2.91/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle (1 pint 6 fl oz), the 2013 release of this beer. A beer from Stone that I haven't had before, so I'm going in as unbiased as possible. Bottle claims an 11.60% abv, rather than just 11% as BeerAdvocate says.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - First pour yields about a finger of doughy off-white / khaki colored head. Beautiful clear, light ruby red colored body. My final pour, a good hour and a half later, yields some pretty nice sheets of lacing coming down the sides of the glass.

S - Smell is strongly of malted barley, and some fermented dark fruits like plum or cranberry. Faint citrus hops creeping out in the background.

T - Bleh. Not my preferred barleywine, that's for sure. Some hop bitterness is present, but this beer is overwhelmed by a sickening medicinal cherry cough syrup flavor. Thick and heavy. Bit of alcohol warmth. As hard as I'm trying, I am not digging this one at all. Admittedly, as the beer warms to room temperature, the artificial cherry medicine seems to disappear and opens up to more dry bitter spicy hop presence. Body has a sleek creamy feel to it. This is a beer you definitely want to let warm up before consuming it.

M - Feel is dry and chalky. Bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall, I enjoyed the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale, and was expecting similar results here, but it took me a long time to warm up to this beer. When cold, it is on par with drinking a 22 oz. bottle of Robitussin. Following a warming period, the beer opens up and becomes more lively, with a more pronounced hop presence, and the sickly medicinal flavors disappear.

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale ---3/5.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 85.4% out of 100 with 2,002 ratings
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